Why Laminate (vs Tile) Might Be the Right Choice for You

by Beaver Carpet on June 9, 2015

Why Laminate (vs Tile) Might Be the Right Choice for YouChoosing flooring for you home can be a tough decision because there are so many great choices. The debate of ceramic tile versus laminate tile flooring can be endless, but there are many reasons to consider laminate.

Let’s explore:

Laminate floors are easy to clean. They are durable and affordable. While easy to install, they are easy to replace and offer great selection choices. Laminate tile flooring was originally introduced in 1977 and has improved dramatically through the years, becoming more affordable for homeowners to install and replace if needed. Some call it the “super” floor because of the way it has become a leading floor choice today.

The biggest difference between laminate and tile flooring is the installation. Laminate goes down much easier compared to the preparation, skill, time and equipment needed to install tile. If your budget allows for at least $4.00 a square foot installation costs, tile might be the option you are looking for depending on the location within your home. It’s hard to argue that for durability and longevity, tile offers a great choice for areas such as kitchens and bathrooms where wet conditions are imminent.

However, you can achieve a great look with laminate. A wide variety of styles and choices have come on the market, mimicking ceramic tile, natural stone flooring, granite, and hardwood floors. Comprised of four layers, starting at the top they are: wear layer, pattern layer, core layer and balancing layer. Some come with an attached underlay if no suitable under layer is in place. Because of the way this material is made, the layers rarely come apart. Large sheets are then made into planks that fit together, providing that tongue and groove effect.

Coming in hundreds of widths and finish combinations, laminate is a great mid-priced flooring option for budget minded property owners who are looking for ease of installation and care. Quality laminate flooring can last up to 20 years, so for many the price is right, and the longevity without the expense can provide a beautiful floor with long-term satisfaction.

There are important things to know about choosing laminate tile flooring. Educate yourself, and then consider redoing your floor for an updated and refreshing look.

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